The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint in federal court Sept. 27 against Davis Automotive Group alleging the Solon-based company discriminated against two employees and one applicant due to their ages.
The EEOC’s lawsuit claims the defendant improperly fired BMW Cleveland salesmen Avery Wieder and Ronald Wesley who, at the time, were 67 and 70 years old, respectively. It also states other employees directed negative, age related comments toward Wieder and Wesley.
No reason was given at the time of their firings, according to the lawsuit, and shortly after, the dealership hired new, younger employees with less experience.
The EEOC is also representing former employee Kymberly Saba. The complaint alleges the dealership group offered Saba, a former employee who was 52 years old at the time, a job to head its call center in 2016.
The lawsuit claims that, after accepting the job, Saba never heard back from the dealership and later heard a younger woman had been hired for the position.
The Cleveland Jewish News made multiple attempts to reach Jeff Davis, president and owner of Davis Automotive Group and the plaintiffs’ attorneys for comment.
The EEOC is requesting a jury trial.